Through the LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Protocol (LMAP), we aim to make sure leather manufacturers are able to understand, manage and implement chemical management systems, to ensure restricted substance lists are adhered to and ensure chemicals are disposed of in an appropriate manner to reduce pollution and contamination in the air, water and soil.
We assess leather manufacturers on their water consumption and treatment and disposal of wastewater, with the aim of increasing water usage efficiency and reducing pollution.
Through our certification, leather manufacturers are encourage to efficiently manage their chemical, water and energy usage to reduce their environmental impact, ultimately reducing pollution or contamination of air, water and soil. Brands and retailers are also encouraged to source their materials responsibly and to promote LWG compliance throughout their own supply chain.
Our certification assess leather manufacturers on their use of hazardous chemicals and endorses the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL) for leather. We also monitor the volume, composition, and final discharge location of a facility’s wastewater – ultimately reducing the discharge of potentially polluting or contaminating marine environments.
LWG has introduced new traceability requirements within the LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Standard. Our new criteria aims to facilitate better traceability within the leather supply chain, with additional checks for sourcing in regions at risk for deforestation. LWG is also working collaboratively with NGO partners to find a solution to deforestation exposure within the global value chain.
LWG itself is a collaboration between many global stakeholders across different sectors of the leather industry, comprised of leather manufacturers, chemical and machine suppliers, brands and retailers, traders and associations. We also collaborate with a range of organizations on different issues with relevance to the purpose of the group and the needs of its members.
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